ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
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The Woman Who Willed a Miracle 

A blind, mentally retarded infant with cerebral palsey is left in the care of an elderly English woman who refuses to let him die.

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May Lemke
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Joe Lempke
Leif Green ...
Leslie
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Gladys
Fran Bennett ...
Nurse Matthews
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Dr. Edwards
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Doctor Vince
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Willy
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Laura Jacoby ...
Nancy age 6
Marcello Krakoff ...
Danny
Paul Stout ...
Leslie age 10
Blair Tefkin ...
Nancy age 16 and 22 (as Blair Ashleigh Tefkin)
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The true story of May Lemke and her son Leslie. May is a middle-aged nurse and mother of grown children, who, along with her husband, agrees to take in an abandoned baby boy with mental and physical handicaps. Leslie is blind and brain-damaged, but May patiently teaches him how to eat, walk, and talk. Leslie shows an interest in music, but it isn't until he is a teenager that his special ability reveals itself. He sits down at a piano and begins to play a classical piece he heard on TV, amazing everyone. Written by Anonymous

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9 February 1983 (USA)  »

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A truly inspiring story without sappiness
2 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I challenge anyone to watch this film and not be profoundly moved by the power of love and the will to never give up. Based upon a true story, the acting is beautiful and moving beyond belief. A true heart-warming classic.


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